Arab Nations Extend Qatar Deadline

Tammy Harvey
July 4, 2017

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohamed Bin Abdel-Rahman Al Thani arrived in Kuwait on Monday to deliver an official response to the demands.

But Saudi Arabia and its allies have insisted the demands were non-negotiable.

Egypt's administration, led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, is at odds with Qatar for Qatar has allegedly supported and hosted fleeing members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, an organisation now blacklisted by the Egyptian government.

The requirements included terms such as shutting down the news agency Al Jazeera, breaking all aids to terrorist outfits like Muslim Brotherhood and shutting of the Turkish military base near the capital Doha.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani earlier said the demands were made to be rejected, adding that the Arab ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

"There is no fear".

Kuwait, which has been trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the Gulf Arab states' blockade of Qatar, asked for the deadline extension Sunday, shortly before time for Qatar's reply to the Saudi-led coalition was due to expire.

The summit brings together leaders including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE made a decision to extend the deadline two more days for Qatar to comply with their demands.

Foreign ministers of nations boycotting Qatar will meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss their next steps.

At least publicly, Trump has seemingly sided with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and The United Arab Emirates in their diplomatic dispute with Qatar, which centers around the latter's alleged funding for terrorist groups, including Hamas and an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

Trump "addressed his concerns about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and some of its Gulf and Arab neighbours". No reason was given for the abrupt cancellation but sources in Riyadh say the diplomatic standoff with Qatar is one of the reasons for the cancellation.

Although further sanctions have been threatened if Doha does not capitulate, the UAE's foreign minister Anwar Gargash has played down the chances of an escalation, saying "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways", suggesting Qatar may be forced out of the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC).

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